The Lord Be With You Today!
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right,
(The Lord gives a clear explanation of His expectations for us today,
that our daily activities are without blame
and our speech is sincere and upright.)
who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
(We do not gain benefit or make profit unjustly or by force.)
who stop their ears against plots of murder
and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
(When those around us engage in intrigues to hurt others,
to destroy their lives, or to commit evil acts,
we refuse to participate even by listening to or watching
or even associating with others who are so engaged.)
they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
(Because of the Lord’s imprint on our lives,
because He directs us and enables us to walk according to His expectations,
He makes for us a dwelling place that is secure,
a stronghold against the enemy, a place that is impregnable to invasion.)
Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.
(His provision is complete, even to the food and drink we require to exist.
Once again, He reminds us today that His standards of righteousness
are beyond what we can achieve in our own strength
and that we have to stand in His righteousness.
Once again, He reminds us that He supplies all our needs
and that His provision is sure and plentiful.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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